Jupiter arrived at Ganges, the harbor hub of Salt Spring Island in the Gulf Islands, on a bright and breezy day, and moored up at the venerable Ganges Marina.
Salt Spring’s summer population surges to 25,000 souls from its winter core of 10,000, testifying to the island’s popularity as an enchanting destination for visitors. Large enough to offer opportunity, and remote enough to provide tranquility, it has been long settled by homesteaders, idealists and seekers.
During the war in Vietnam draft dodgers fled, often with friends and girlfriends in tow, to coastal communities in British Columbia, and Salt Spring saw many arrive to pursue a life in exile, at least until Jimmy Carter declared an amnesty. Curious if we could find any remaining American resistors, we asked around, but heard mostly rumors.
About draft dodgers: “My dad said there were still a couple of them up north someplace.”Carson, Wharfinger at Ganges Marina
On Salt Spring we felt a mythical connection to the alive tribe celebrating the Hippie culture of the 1960’s, with inward and outward appearances testifying to a joyful natural and alternative cosmos. Hippies old and young embrace a fuzzy new Age of Aquarius, and residents trade their island-grown harvest and island-made wares at The Famous Saturday Market.
Nearly every shop in Ganges maintains a large community bulletin board, and we recorded interesting community pursuits:
Moonray Design Diagnostics, Wisdom of the Earth Immersions, Foundation Movement for Mass Mobility, Wetness Wellness (towel recommended), Loopy Loners (sad), Tears and Tears (weeping and rending?), Karaoke Therapy, Frictional Pet Counseling (helping pets or owners?), Open Poetry Mic, Contact Improvisation Dance (wear protective padding), Reciprocal Community Acupuncture (risky?), Vegan Dogfood for “near” Poopless Pups, and Sexuality Coaching for Women, Men, Couples and Groups.
Salt Spring is famous for its apples; 400 varieties grow here in abundance, and their diverse attributes are used to craft various types of cider. We enjoyed a methodical tasting at Salt Spring Wild Cidery and purchased three bottles for ship’s supplies.
When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius
Let the sun shine in….The 5th Dimension